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Christmas parking concession ends

Archived press release

Date Published: 17/09/08

AVDC has announced that it will not be offering free parking in Aylesbury in the run up to Christmas this year.

The Christmas parking concession, which was introduced in 2006, has cost the council an estimated £75,000 in lost revenue. Under the concession, car parking was free in council car parks after 4.30pm on Thursdays and all day on Saturdays in November and December.

AVDC introduced the concession to encourage shoppers and support local businesses during extensive road works undertaken by the contractors carrying out the public transport hub improvements.

Now that the majority of the transport hub work has been completed, and the new 525-space multi-storey car park in Walton Street has opened, the council has decided not to proceed with the free parking scheme this year. The Friars Square Shopping Centre will also not be providing free parking in the run up to Christmas.

Councillor Kevin McPartland, Cabinet Member for Civic Amenities, said: “The free parking initiative was introduced as a temporary concession to help businesses during the upheaval of the transport hub development. Our short stay parking tariffs are competitively priced and have not seen any increases since 2003. We are not ruling out the possibility of reintroducing the free parking scheme in the future and will continue to keep the situation under review.”

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